What is it? Game 29

Today's collaboration with What is it? Blog brings us this object to guess: what is this strange object?

Place your guess in the comment and please post no URL. No prize this week, you're playing for bragging rights only. For more clues, please visit What is it? Blog.

Update 7/13/07: It's a threshing flail - apparently, it's so easy practically everyone got it! Yay for you!


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It's a wheat flail, used to thresh grain (seconding or thirding a couple of the other answers above).

It has also been used as a weapon in various cultures across the world. In East Asian martial arts, it's referred to as a "two-sectional staff." In Chinese martial arts, the two sections can either be varying lengths, like the staff pictured, while the Okinawan nunchaku often has the two segments be shorter, and of equal length.
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I don't think it's for a grain; I think it's for flax. After you rett (let rot) the flax, you need to break it into fibers. I think this tool was used for that purpose.
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